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Age just a number for Australian Cup hero Cascadian


Cascadian created his own piece of history as he recorded his third G1 victory with a power-packed finish in the Australian Cup at Flemington on Saturday.

The son of New Approach weaved through the field for a cosy three-quarter length verdict, joining African Story and Prince Bishop as the only Godolphin horses to win G1 races at the age of eight.

Saturday’s success was a deserved first Flemington win for the veteran galloper, who was touched off in two editions of the Cantala Stakes as well as finishing second in the Mackinnon Stakes.

Kallos continued his fine record at the Melbourne track on the Australian Cup undercard as he notched a third course win in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap, with Amur and Bacchanalia both enjoying G3 victories at Rosehill Gardens on the same day.

Several Godolphin horses ran fine races in defeat on Dubai World Cup Night including Nations Pride, who looks set to head back out to North America following a good third behind Lord North in the Dubai Turf.

Al Suhail was narrowly beaten into third in the Al Quoz Sprint and will remain over six furlongs for the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot – a race won by last season’s Al Quoz Sprint fourth Naval Crown. Siskany also ran an excellent race on the card as he was collared close home in the Dubai Gold Cup.

Matareya, a dominant winner of last year’s Acorn Stakes, makes her four-year-old return at Oaklawn Park on Friday, while some key European Classic trials over the coming weeks start with the G3 Prix Penelope in France on Saturday.